Grants and Funding Programs

There are a variety of grants and incentives available to businesses and investors from municipal, provincial and federal governments, as well as various utilities and organizations. Whether you are starting a new business, expanding, planning a new development or renovation project, you may be eligible for a funding opportunity.

Municipal grant programs

Community Improvement Plans

Our Community Improvement Plans (CIP) provide business owners with a variety of funding opportunities to help improve and renovate your property or facility. Is your business investing in a renovation? Check out the CIP financial grants to see if you qualify.

Development Charge Exemptions

If you are developing a commercial property within Caledon East or Bolton historic commercial core areas you may be eligible for an exemption from the Town’s portion of Development Charges.

Green Development Program

Caledon's Green Development Program provides development charge discounts for new green commercial and industrial buildings. This program enables developers to create more sustainable projects in our community. 

Green Development Charge Discounts

Green measureDiscount

Solar hot water system (providing a minimum of 25% of the building measurement needs)

5%

Transpired solar collectors (providing a minimum of 10% of the building energy needs)

5%

Solar photovoltaic system (providing a minimum of 5% of the building energy needs)

5%

LEED certified*

20%

LEED silver*

22.5%

LEED gold*

25%

LEED platinum*

27.5%

*Certified and registered with the Canada Green Building Council as meeting the current and applicable LEED Canada Rating Systems.

 Why build green?

Green buildings take advantage of natural processes to generate less waste, less pollution and reduce the overall footprint. Green development creates the environmental, economic and social benefits of:

  • Increased profitability and/or return on investment
  • Future protection against energy/water shortages and volatile pricing
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Lower operating costs
  • Increased marketability and positive brand reputation

Request any of our green technology fact sheets to learn more about the benefits of incorporating green technology into new development projects:

  • Solar Hot Water System Fact Sheet
  • Transpired Solar Collectors Fact Sheet
  • Solar Photovoltaic System Fact Sheet
  • LEED Canada Rating System

 How to apply

When you apply for a building permit, you will also need to fill out an application for a development charge discount for green development. 

Make sure to include a certification, stamp or signature from an architect or engineer to verify your Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard or the green technologies you will use.

If your application is accepted your (Town portion) development charges will be discounted when the building permit is issued and we'll hold a Letter of Credit in the amount of the discount until confirmation of certification is received from the Canada Green Building Council.

Green Development Program Application

Green incentives from other sources

Learn more about green building and retrofit incentives:

Region of Peel

The Region of Peel offers a variety of incentives to increase water efficiency and conservation. These include incentives to replace equipment and participate in environmental assessments.

Hydro One

Hydro One provides incentives for businesses to upgrade systems, install retrofits, and create high performance new developments. View all of the incentives Hydro One offers.

Enbridge Gas

Enbridge Gas will identify areas for energy efficiencies and improvements as well as equipment upgrades.

New business funding

 Summer Company

The Summer Company program has helped dozens of area youth get a start in small business. Offered in partnership with the Province of Ontario, Summer Company provides entrepreneurial training, mentorship and grants of up to $3,000 to eligible students.

How to apply

Apply for Summer Company by completing the online application. Once submitted, your application will be sent to the Area Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) and they will follow up with you. Applications typically open in January with a deadline of early May.

You may select any SBEC, however we do suggest the Brampton Enterprise Centre or the Orangeville SBEC.

Eligibility

View the eligibility checklist to see if you meet the program requirements. Applicants must:

  • be a high school, college or university student
  • live in Ontario
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • be between 15 and 29 years of age (if under 18, a parent needs to sign the application)
  • not already running a business
  • not work at another job or going to school for more than 12 hours a week during the program
  • be returning to school after the program ends

About the program

The Summer Company program offers:

  • training and business skills development to help youth create business plans and prepare to run their own business for the summer
  • $1,500 of start-up funding for the new business and an additional $1,500 upon successful completion of the program
  • mentorship and guidance from local business professionals and consultants

 Starter Company

Starter Company+ is a training and mentorship program that is offered through the Ontario Small Business Network for individuals 18+ looking to start or grow a business.

Brampton Entrepreneur Centre: 2021 intake is closed. They hope to relaunch next year in 2022. Interested participants are encouraged to subscribe to the newsletter so you don’t miss the announcement when the next intake launches. Subscribe here

Orangeville SBEC: have a rolling intake, please contact them directly for information. 

 Futurpreneur

Futurpreneur Canada, is a national, not-for-profit corporation that provides financing, mentoring, and support tools to young Canadian entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 39. 

Their Start-up Program offers young entrepreneurs with financing and mentoring to help launch their business. Through the Start-up Program, eligible clients could be eligible for up to $20,000 in financing directly through Futurpreneur, as well as up to an additional $40,000 through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). This would be a personally guaranteed, unsecured loan with a five-year term, where the first year would be monthly, interest-only payments. If approved, they would pair the client with a volunteer business mentor for two years.  Learn more: www.futurpreneur.ca

**NEW** Futurpreneurs Black Entrepreneur Startup Program for black entrepreneurs aged 18-39.  This program is Funded by RBC, with additional loan financing provided by BDC. This exciting new program offers up to $60,000 in start-up financing plus mentorship and resources Learn more: www.futurpreneur.ca/en/besp

 Ontario Centres of Innovation

Ontario Centres of Innovation help innovators get connected with the researchers, industry partners and funding to commercialize made-in-Ontario IP and solutions.

Workforce grants and programs

 Employment Ontario (Jobs Caledon)

Employment Ontario can help you train your staff and find the talent you need to make your business successful. This includes incentives for:

  • hiring students and youth
  • hiring apprentices
  • hire a young person
  • training employees
  •  job creation

The local Employment Ontario office servicing Caledon and area is operated by Caledon Community Services (Jobs Caledon).

 Canada-Ontario Job Grant

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant Program provides funding opportunities for businesses that provide education and training opportunities for employees, students and more.

Federal and provincial grants and funding

Check out the funding and grant opportunities from the federal and provincial governments. Learn about these programs and see if you qualify.

Canadian Business Grants and Financing

The Government of Canada offers a variety of grants and financing opportunities for business owners. Learn about all of the incentives and apply for funding today.

Innovation Canada

Innovation Canada's online concierge service helps businesses search for funding, tax credits and incentives offered by provincial and federal governments. By asking targeted questions about your business, the tool can identify relevant and available supports and programs.

National Research Council of Canada (NRC)

The NRC's Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) provides advice, connections, and funding to help Canadian small and medium-sized businesses increase their innovation capacity and take ideas to market.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

The Canadian Government offers a variety of tax credits to business across the country. Check out the available credits to see if your business qualifies.

Grants Ontario

Grants Ontario allows you to search funding opportunities offered by the Government of Ontario by ministry or by sector.

Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program uses tax incentives to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada. These tax incentives come in three forms: an income tax deduction, an investment tax credit (ITC), and, in certain circumstances, a refund.

Business development and financing

Programs and supports for business development and financing.

Bank of Development Canada (BDC) 

BDC provides small and medium-sized businesses with financing, consulting services and venture capital.

FedDev Ontario

FedDev Ontario helps southern Ontario communities and businesses diversify and strengthen their local economies by helping them to become more competitive, innovative and productive.